Subtropical Storm Albert has gained strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.
The center of the storm is foreast to pass through the Midwest, so Upstate New York is unlikely to get flooding rains.
The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is projected to continue moving north before turning to the north-northwest Sunday evening and Monday. It had winds of up to 60 miles per hour and was expected to increase to tropical storm conditions as it gets closer to shore.
Alberto is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.
Subtropical Storm Alberto continues spinning out at sea, but this tropical system's outer rainbands have been impacting Middle Georgia since Sunday afternoon.
The storm is expected to make landfall around noon today.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.
All three counties are in north Florida.
Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend and tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.
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Mark Bowen, the Bay County emergency management director, suggested people stay safe - preferably indoors.
The Florida Keys and the rest of state can expect the same amount of rain and majority of the stat is on a Flood Watch, but there could isolated rainfall up to ten inches. Grant Brown, the city's public information officer, said they had already finished a number of preparations such as clearing culverts to prepare for big rains but Sunday had turned into a "really nice day".
Showers and storms should start pushing out of the metro area, but this break won't last for long.
There's a chance Alberto could come ashore early Monday, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way through to Bonita Beach, Florida.
Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Cuba on Saturday.
"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", said NWS Weather Prediction Center's Patrick Burke, cited by Reuters.
Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the United States east central Gulf coast.
Heavy downpours are expected to begin lashing parts of those states on Sunday.